Best Barbecue Sauce Recipe

BBQ sauce
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: About 3 cups (48 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
18 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 3 cups (48 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 8mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a classic barbecue sauce, heavy on the tomato with a wide range of flavors including a hint of lemon, making any barbecued food taste more authentic.


  • 1 cup/240 mL ketchup
  • 1 cup/240 mL water
  • 1 onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL vegetable oil
  • 1/2 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL sugar
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL ginger (fresh grated)
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL cayenne

Steps to Make It

  1. In a saucepan heat oil over medium heat.

  2. Add onion, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until the onion is translucent.

  3. Stir in ketchup, water, vinegar, lemon juice and zest, sugar, salt and cayenne.

  4. Reduce heat to a low simmer and continue cooking for 25 minutes.